Programs and Events DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ALL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS FOR 2020 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

If any workshops or events can be restructured to meet COVID-19 requirements for public gatherings, announcements will be made on this site, Facebook and in the North Reading Transcript.

The North Reading Garden Club sponsors many interesting speakers and hands-on workshops throughout the year.

The following is our calendar of events for 2019-2020:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Harvest Buffet: Members Sharing with Members      This year our garden club is featuring members’ knowledge and experiences:  Lee MacNeil will share her expert knowledge and experience in floral design. Charlene Malek will share her new workshop on medicinal herbs. Sue Kramer will share her Horticultural Tips in “Sue’s Corner.” Susan Willson-Goucher and Laura Kent will talk about the importance of protecting yourself from ticks while gardening.
The buffet is always a feast. Members bring appetizers, salads, main courses and desserts to share.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 – Joint Meeting with the Stoneham Garden Club         
Guest Speaker Thelma Shoneman will present a program, “Decorating Through the Holidays.” Six designs will be created to decorate your home for the fall and winter holidays.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – “Getting Ready for the Holidays”
Sign up in advance by November 6th for this hands-on workshop led by club member Judy Colburne. Cost of supplies to be determined. Judy will lead us in making a table centerpiece using seasonal fall flowers. She will also demonstrate how to enhance a basic balsam wreath for your door by adding mixed evergreens, etc.  

Thursday, December 5, 2019 – Boxwood Tree Workshop (Open to the Public)
The North Reading Garden Club offers a “Make a Boxwood Tree” Workshop from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Flint Memorial Library Activity Room. The decorated tree is a wonderful centerpiece that will last through the holiday season. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited to 30 people. Sign up and payment must be made in advance. Please bring clippers and scissors; all other materials will be provided.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 – Annual Holiday Party (Members only)
Enjoy this wonderful season and share some holiday cheer with friends of the club. A request to all to please bring an appetizer or dessert and also a Christmas ornament ($6.00 value) for the Yankee Swap. Punch and coffee will be provided or bring a beverage of your choice.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Weeding out the Invaders: Dealing with Invasive Plants   (Open to the Public)
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Forman Orth  
Black swallow-wort dragging you down? Kudzu dragging your trees down?  Giant hogweed making you feel like you have to hide indoors?  Join Jennifer Forman Orth, Environmental Biologist at the Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources, for an up-close and personal look at the very worst invasive plants Massachusetts is currently dealing with. Learn how to recognize these invaders, what you can do about them and how to make smart choices about what’s in your garden.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – Native Plants       (Open to the Public)
Guest Speaker: Betty Sanders
Native perennials bring beauty, low maintenance and more to your garden.  With a little planning, natives can help you extend your season, starting earlier in the spring and lasting later into the fall.  Birds, bees and butterflies will provide the extra flourish of movement and sound to the garden as they use these plants as vital sources of food and sites for their reproduction.

Thursday, April 16, 2020   North Reading Garden Club Silver Tea (Open to the Public)
                                          “New Trends in Floral Design”
Guest Presenter: Bill Graham
Bill Graham is the proud proprietor of About Beautiful Things, Ltd. in Salem, MA. He has presented several times at our own Silver Teas, and continues to present at Garden Club events throughout New England. He has 25 years of design experience and it is always fun to see his coordinated and seasonal floral, jewelry and clothing arrangements. 
Guest Donation $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Wednesday, May 13, 2020       Urban Abundance Gardening (Open to the Public)
Guest Presenters: Matt Buchanan and Pat Schultz
Matt Buchanan and Pat Schultz of HomeGrown are certified permaculturists, urban educators, environmentalists and community activists.  They specialize in designing individualized garden plans/raised beds for clients through the lens of permaculture –  “agricultural systems intended to be regenerative and self-sufficient”.

Saturday, May 16, 2020           Annual Plant Sale               (Open to the Public)
The Garden Club holds its Annual Spring Plant Sale from 9:00 – 1:00 in front of the Flint Memorial Library, 147 Park Street, North Reading. A large variety of annuals, perennials, hanging plants, vegetables, flowers and herbs will be on sale to get your garden blooming all summer long.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020        Annual Dinner Meeting      (Members only)
Enjoy the company of your fellow Garden Club friends at our final dinner meeting.  Stay tuned for details!